I've listened to well over a hundred audio books over the last few years and have noticed that once in awhile, the reader simply manages to become the character. Most of the readers are good, but every so often, reader and character click and something special results. Grover Gardner reading David Rosenfelt's books, David Aaron Baker reading Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas", Johanna Parker's perfect embodiment of Sookie Stackhouse in the Charlaine Harris books, and perhaps most of all, Katherine Kellgren as Jacky Faber in L.A. Meyer's "Bloody Jack." A perfect fit, a marvelous story, a wonderful performance. The story is excellent, but even if it were not, the performance itself would be worth hearing. This is the first performance by Katherine Kellgren I've heard, it will not be the last. Full marks for author and narrator.
This is one of many lost reviews by Audible. It's not much but luckily, it was stored elsewhere:
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, this is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. It is an audio book at its best. This is a performance and not just a reading. This book and its reader have won many awards and rightfully so. The book is entertaining to the point of addiction. I read the first two books in the series in two days and would be working on the third if my iPod were not fully discharged.
There is not a dull moment in any of the first two books in this series: Bloody Jack #1 and The Curse of the Blue Tattoo #2. I have heard it said and read of listeners that they had fallen in love with the narrator's voice... well add me to her fanboys and girls. Katherine Kellgren is one of the best talents in this art form. In fact, certainly gender-wise, she is perhaps without peer.
|The Bloody Jack Series by L.A. Meyer|
|Bloody Jack • Curse of the Blue Tattoo • Under the Jolly Roger • In the Belly of the Bloodhound • Mississippi Jack • My Bonny Light Horseman • Rapture of the Deep • The Wake of the 'Lorelei Lee' • The Mark of the Golden Dragon • Viva Jacquelina! • Boston Jacky • Wild Rover No More|
Jacky Faber makes waves, even when docked in her adopted city of Boston to attend to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps too much exuberance for the Puritan populace, she quickly finds herself at odds with the Womens Temperance Union and a town roiling over the arrival of hundreds of Irish labourers, brought in on Jackys Lorelei Lee. Thwarted at every turn by her enemies, Jacky is forced to acknowledge her shortcomings-and possibly lose her beloved Jaimy Fletcher. In this new instalment in the ever-popular Bloody Jack Adventures, will the impulsive Jacky Faber finally get her comeuppance?
this quick moving book is an adventure on the high seas. Young Jack looks after herself by getting work on a ship and then earning herself the reputation of Bloody Jack during a battle with pirates. There is a bit of a romantic undertone as Jack hits puberty and her feelings for her fellow cabin boys come to the surface. While maintaining her disguise as a boy, she has to deal with her feelings as a girl. The book is high interest and a good quick read.